The Week That Was...

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11/16/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Former winner of the Giro d?Italia and recent Liquigas signing, Stefano Garzelli, last week explained to ANSA that he is keen to ensure his program in 2005 does not include both the Giro and Tour.  "I still have to work out my program with Liquigas, but I certainly won't race the Giro and the Tour: it's too heavy."   He went on to add that, "I was 6th in the Giro and 11th in the Vuelta, placing?s that did not meet my expectations.  The only happy note was my first maglia azzurra (national team jersey)." <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


Following the announcement last week of his retirement from the professional peloton, Australian Scott <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Sunderland was this week named as the new Director Sportif with the Danish CSC squad.   Although the team had initially been keen for
Sunderland to ride through the spring classics, the Aussie was against it and will instead take up his position from behind the wheel of the team car.  His first appointment with the team will be their annual team-building camp held this year in
.  These camps are led by former Danish Commando, B.S. Christiansen who explained on the team?s website,, that, "It's all about teaching people that they can achieve their goals by co-operating. They have to perform their very best under the worst possible circumstances, where every action has a consequence."

Christiansen added that, "During the season, Bjarne and I observe in which areas the riders need to develop and subsequently I arrange the assignments, during which my intention is to give the riders a set of tools physically and mentally, which have to be in place before a crisis occurs. This is not just the case in cycling, but also in other sports, in business life and even in family life, and I'm puzzled by the fact that no other cycling team is using team building in some shape or form.  You have to put more pressure on the riders than the businessmen, both mentally and physically. When a rider is under a lot of pressure, he reacts very selfishly, and that's where I have to work with them. Cause when you're in the middle of the Tour de France, it's very important to keep up the team spirit, even when things aren't working out the way you thought they would.?


Following a daylong meeting at the UCI headquarters in
Lausanne, Switzerland, last week, it was announced that 18 of the 19 Pro Tour teams have received approval for their license.  This number was selected from 31 applications.  The remaining question mark hangs around the neck of ARcycling AG, more commonly known as the Swiss Phonak team.  The UCI are requesting clarification from the team on their stance regarding the two positive blood doping tests, taken from team leaders Tyler Hamilton and Santi Perez, following their challenging of the IOC blood test protocol. The UCI are concerned over whether or not the team are able to comply with the ethical requirements necessary to obtain a Pro Tour license.  Earlier this year,


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